High School Model Cornerstone Assessments
A Model Cornerstone Assessment is a model of assessment with guidance for instruction which may be customized for use in your classroom. Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) are aligned to the 2014 National Theatre Standards and illustrated with examples of adjudicated student work. MCAs have been created for high school in both performing and technical theatre tasks at three levels: proficient, accomplished and advanced.
HS Proficient MCA
MCA Title: Character-Based Improvisation
Artistic Processes: Creating, Performing, Responding, Connecting
Task Description: Students will choose a character from a suggested genre (fairy tale, nursery rhyme, or other literary source) with which they are familiar and complete the Character Analysis Worksheet. All students will then be given the same set of scene parameters that includes a place, situation and clearly-defined obstacle to overcome. Working with an assigned partner, students will improvise and perform a three-minute scene in character.
Grade: High School Proficient I
HS Proficient MCA Video Performance Rubric
HS-I Improvised Performance MCAThis model cornerstone assessment document describes the unit and offers guidance for teaching and improvised performance pieces and assessing student learning. Use the rubric along with any student work samples and additional materials to understand how to use this unit.
HS-I Student ReflectionThis student reflection accompanies the student performance as evidence of student learning.
HS Proficient MCA Self Assessment Rubric
HS Advanced MCA
MCA Title: HS Advanced Acting MCA
Artistic Processes: Performing, Creating, Responding, Connecting
Task Description: Student will analyze the text of a published, scripted play, scene or monologue and apply performance skills to create a believable character in performance that might be presented to an audience. No more than five minutes of the performance will be video-recorded. The student will then receive feedback/critique from his or her peers and teacher before viewing the video and reflecting upon it and his or her work.
Grade: High School Advanced III
HS Advanced MCA Performance Rubric
HS-III Advanced Acting MCAThis model cornerstone assessment document describes the unit and offers guidance for teaching and improvised performance pieces and assessing student learning. Use the rubric along with any student work samples and additional materials to understand how to use this unit.
HS-III Advanced Acting Student ReflectionThis student reflection accompanies the student performance as evidence of student learning.
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HS-II Accomplished MCA: Bringing Shakespeare to LifeUsing scenes from Shakespeare's 12th night students will analyze text and learn how to use the language of Shakespeare to guide their performance. Authors: Theatre Educator Maura Vaughn with Kristen Giroux, Oregon Shakespeare Festival